Funding crisis: a typical case study

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The owners of a Sussex residential home have talked of their distress at having to close after 21 years. Cheryl and Steve Bennett said they had dedicated their lives to running the White Lodge residential home in Pembroke Crescent, Hove. Now the last of the 19 residents have moved out, some of whom have been at the home for more than eight years. The Bennetts had attempted to sell the home as as a going concern but had not found a buyer and have now sold to a developer who will convert the home back into private houses. “We aren¹t the first to close and we won¹t be the last,” Mrs Bennett said. “Although some of the residents have private funds to pay for their care, two thirds rely upon state benefits to pay for their stay. The funding has left us with £1.81 per hour per day to care for each funded resident ­ a sum that does not cover rising costs, staff and changes the home must make to meet new regulations. “Elderly care is grossly underfunded. It¹s abysmal. “I¹m sad and I suppose one feels a little b

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